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Superstar Janet Jackson makes her stunning film debut in director John Singleton's (Boyz N the Hood) street-smart love story, POETIC JUSTICE. A mismatched pair pushed together on a road trip from South Central L.A. to Oakland, Justice (Jackson) and Lucky (Tupac Shakur) have only one thing in common: they can't stand each other. But as their friends Lesha and Chicago (Regina King and Joe Torry) fight and make up in the back of the van, Justice and Lucky find themselves reluctantly drawn together. After a surprising detour toward romance, the two travelers are confronted once again by the shocking violence they thought they'd left behind. Featuring the music of Naughty by Nature and Tony! Toni! Tone! and the poetry of Maya Angelou, POETIC JUSTICE is every bit as intense, original and unforgettable as Boyz N the Hood.
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Critics Consensus: Poetic Justice is commendably ambitious and boasts a pair of appealing stars, but they're undermined by writer-director John Singleton's frustrating lack of discipline.
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Common Sense Says
'90s romantic drama has language, violence, drug references.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Poetic Justice is an iconic '90s romance -- starring Black cultural icons Tupac Shakur and Janet Jackson -- that tackles a number of societal issues. It features frequent strong language -- including variants of "f--k" and the "N" word -- incidents of gun violence that result in death, and physical fighting. There is also an incident of over-consumption of alcohol and a sexual encounter, although no nudity. The romance centers around Justice (Jackson), a hairdresser and poet, and Lucky (Shakur), a post office worker, who end up on a road trip after Justice's friend, Lesha (Regina King), persuades her to come. Many of the problematic themes explored are a product of the social disadvantages Black American communities have historically been subjected to. The main characters have complex backgrounds, which help add compassion and depth to the way they behave and provide opportunities to discuss how grief can manifest and be managed. The poems that Justice writes in the movie are actually the work of the legendary poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, who also makes a cameo in the movie.
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- Release Date:July 23, 1993
- Languages:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:Stereo
- Screen Pass Eligible:No
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